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Free at Noon Flashback: The Stray Birds preview Best Medicine at World Cafe Live

 

The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

The Stray Birds kicked off today’s double-header Free at Noon with their organic, room-filling folk sound. The Lancaster trio played songs off their new album, Best Medicine, which comes out this Tuesday on Yep Roc Records, and the group brought immense energy to the stage with a booming upright bass by Charles Muench, jangling guitar by Oliver Craven and spot-on classic Americana harmonies and all around. They whipped out some jaw-dropping solos as well, cheers bursting from the crowd as they would each come to an end. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Kopecky Family Band got the crowd riled up for tonight’s Union Transfer show

Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band played a solid set at today’s double-header Free At Noon concert with The Stray Birds. All six members of the Nashville band trickled on stage, got into position and launched into their trademark high-energy performance, quickly snatching the attention of the audience. Their energy was infectious as they played, with lead vocalist Kelsey Kopecky urging the crowd to sing along and multi-instrumentalist Markus Midkiff utilizing heavy tom drum hits and rim clicks, crafting a beat you couldn’t help but groove to. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Foxygen brings down the house

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Foxygen | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Experimental San Francisco rockers Foxygen showed that they were a force to be reckoned with at today’s Free At Noon show. With a packed house, the group played with seemingly-endless energy throughout their set, featuring backup vocalists performing synchronized dances and lead singer Sam France thrashing about the stage to their loud, soulful sound. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The humble Field Report plays a commanding show

Field Report | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Field Report | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Wisconsin folk outfit Field Report got a warm reception at today’s Free at Noon concert. Performing as a trio on this tour, the band opened with “Decision Day”, a song off their soon-to-be released Marigolden, and a tune hailed by Stereogum for it’s engaging, translucent nature. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: J Mascis brings out a crowd to World Cafe Live

J Mascis | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
J Mascis | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Former Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis brought out a packed room of enthusiastic fans as the featured artist for today’s Free At Noon concert. Mixing some of his older stuff like “Get Me,” which was sure to bring a reaction out of the bubbly crowd, he mixed in selections from this year’s Tied To A Star, including gnarly guitar solos accented with heavy distortion. Continue reading →

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Watch The Stray Birds’ heartwarming tale of a record store owner in their “Best Medicine” video

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Photo via cmtedge.com

After meeting the owner of a used record store in upstate New York, Lancaster bluegrass folk trio The Stray Birds wrote the title track of their new album, Best Medicine. Singer Maya de Vitry’s soulful voice shares this person’s story in the verses, effortlessly connecting with bandmates Oliver Craven and Charles Muench for the harmonized refrain “Music is the best medicine I sell.” Continue reading →

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Fujiya & Miyagi deliver their sweet electronic sound to Free At Noon

Fujiya & Miyagi | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Fujiya & Miyagi | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Today’s Free at Noon came from England to deliver a spectacular set of electronic tunes. Though you may have to say their name a few times to get the hang of it, Fujiya & Miyagi‘s simple lyrics and addictive beats only took seconds to reel in the audience at World Cafe Live. Members Steve Lewis, David Best, Matt Hainsby, and Lee Adams recently released their fifth studio album Artificial Sweeteners. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Jukebox the Ghost gives the audience a sneak peak of its new record

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon concert presented Jukebox the Ghost, the indie-pop trio from D.C. who came in support of their new, self-titled album, out October 21st.

The boys kicked off their set with their popular tune “Somebody”, which immediately garnered the attention throughout the room. After, they gave the audience a sneak peak at some of their brand new songs from their aforementioned album, it was clear that they were excited to be there. Continue reading →

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Couldn’t get tickets for Spoon’s sold-out Labor Day Free at Noon? Watch XPN’s video webcast of the show.

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In honor of Labor Day next Monday, WXPN added a bonus Free At Noon with Spoon to celebrate! Yay! However, the event sold out within an hour of us announcing it on Friday. (Boooo!) But just because the RVSPs are closed doesn’t mean it’s impossible to for you to kick back on your day off and watch Britt Daniel and his band rock out. Continue reading →

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Listen back to round two with Trigger Hippy at Free At Noon

Trigger Hippy | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Trigger Hippy | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Nashville supergroup and #XPNfest veterans Trigger Hippy stopped in at World Cafe for a fantastic Free at Noon today, showcasing the rock and roll garnered from singer Joan Osborne’s songwriting career and from Stever Gorman’s and Jackie Greene’s experience with The Black Crowes. The set featured excellent harmonies between Osborne and Greene as well as frequent guitar solo battles between Greene and guitarist Tom Bukovac. Continue reading →